Directed by Mimi Leder and co-written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin, ‘Deep Impact’ follows a group of people who try to survive amidst anarchy and chaos as a comet that can wipe-out humanity approaches Earth. Described as sci-fi disaster film, ‘Deep Impact’ stars Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni and Elijah Wood. It is shot by German cinematographer Dietrich Lohmann, co-edited by Paul Cichocki and David Rosenbloom, and the music is composed by James Horner.
The film was a co-production venture from Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and The Manhattan Project. It received a theatrical release on May 8, 1998. While it premiered alongside the blockbuster ‘Armageddon’, the flick managed to hold its own ground at the box office. Receiving better critical reception as compared to its fellow science fiction disaster film, ‘Deep Impact’ was also a commercial success, grossing $349.5 million against a budget of $80 million.
For this list, I have taken into account films which have a similar narrative structure. The films on this list are primarily science fiction, disaster and post-apocalyptic genre. In addition, I have not included films directed by Mimi Leder in order to have a more diverse selection. The movies are not masterpieces but are a good watch. So, without further ado, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘Deep Impact’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Deep Impact’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Armageddon (1998)
Directed by Michael Bay co-written by Jonathan Hensleigh and J. J. Abrams, ‘Armageddon’ is centered around a team of deep core drillers which is brought together by NASA after they discover that a huge asteroid is hurling towards the Earth and has the capacity of complete annihilation. While ‘Armageddon’, like most of Bay’s directorial ventures, received criticism for the poor standards of filmmaking, an overabundance of explosions and nationalist overtones, is an extremely enjoyable watch. With massive star power consisting of names such as Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tylor and Steve Buscemi, backing the film, ‘Armageddon’ went on to become a huge commercial success, grossing $553.7 million against a budget of $140 million.
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